Joe Yamada / Landscape Architect
Joseph Yamada helped design many of the most well known landmarks in his hometown of San Diego. He studied landscape architecture at the University of California Berkeley, where he was guided by three legendary modernists; Thomas Church, Garrett Eckbo, and Lawrence Halprin. He graduated in 1954 and returned home to San Diego where he joined landscape architect Harriet Wimmer, San Diego's first woman landscape architect in commercial practice. A woman and a former Japanese-American internment camp prisoner would become the most sought-after landscape architects in Southern California. In 1960 they became partners and renamed the firm Wimmer Yamada & Associates, a name they kept even after Wimmer retired. For more than 50 years Yamada was instrumental in providing landscape design. Wimmer Yamada and Caughey is still in business and is the longest-running landscape architecture firm in San Diego.
Source: Cultural Landscape Foundation
In addition to a huge stack of books, I was able to take home a piece Joe made when he was at Berkeley.